A number of popular apps and services, including TikTok, Spotify, Pinterest and Tinder, are currently broken on iOS devices, with early reports suggesting that Facebook is to blame.
There are widespread reports on social media of apps that crash when launched on iPhones and iPads, and associated dropouts on DownDetector.com. The apps can be launched when the device is offline, which is useful in some cases (if you have a lot of music stored on Spotify, for example), but will completely break its functionality in others.
While the exact cause of the outages has not yet been confirmed, early reports suggest that the problem is caused by Facebook’s SDK, which many apps use to manage user logins. Users do not need to use Facebook to login to an app as it affects their software. There are no similar reports of the same apps crashing on Android devices or the internet.
There is another Facebook SDK issue that causes our iOS app to crash again on launch along with major apps like Spotify & Pinterest @fb_engineering
– Peter Juras (@peterjuras) July 10, 2020
Facebook said on its developer platform this morning that it was “conscious [of] and investigating an increase in errors on the iOS SDK causing some apps to crash. In a thread on GitHub posted around 7AM ET, numerous developers reported issues with their apps.
A similar issue with the Facebook SDK occurred in May and involved dozens of apps. The problems were largely resolved that same day.